William Eggleston
[Photographer, b. 1939, Memphis, Tennessee, lives in Memphis.]

 I don’t have a burning desire to go out and document anything. It just happens when it happens. It’s not a conscious effort, nor is it a struggle. Wouldn’t do it if it was. The idea of the suffering artist has never appealed to me. Being here is suffering enough. 
 You can take a good picture of anything. A bad one, too. 
 We have a few things in common—smoking, drinking, and women. Photography just gets us out of the house. (To photographer Juergen Teller) 
 I had this notion of what I called a democratic way of looking around, that nothing was more or less important. 
 Whatever it is about pictures, photographs, it’s just about impossible to follow up with words. They don’t have anything to do with each other. 
 I am at war with the obvious. 
 Everything [in a photograph] works, or nothing works. 
 I don’t have favorites. I look at pictures democratically. To me they are all equal. 
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